Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
IN RE: Dennis NIEVES, Jr., appellant, v. Nicole Marie IACONO, respondent.
Decided: June 06, 2018
RUTH C. BALKIN, J.P., ROBERT J. MILLER, VALERIE BRATHWAITE NELSON, LINDA CHRISTOPHER, JJ.
Dennis Nieves, Jr., Jacksonville, Florida, appellant pro se.
DECISION & ORDER
In a proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 4, the father appeals from an order of the Family Court, Kings County (Ann Elizabeth O'Shea, J.), dated March 1, 2017. The order denied the father's objection to so much of an order of the same court (Andrea Hecht–Zaki, S.M.) dated January 20, 2017, as included his veterans disability benefits as income in calculating his child support obligation.
ORDERED that the order dated March 1, 2017, is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.
The mother and the father have one child, who lives with the mother. In June 2016, the father petitioned for a downward modification of his child support obligation. In an order dated January 20, 2017, the Support Magistrate, inter alia, granted the father's petition only to the extent of reducing his child support obligation to $528 per month. The father filed an objection to so much of the Support Magistrate's order as included his veterans disability benefits as income in calculating his reduced child support obligation. In an order dated March 1, 2017, the Family Court denied the father's objection. The father appeals.
Contrary to the father's contention, federal law does not prohibit the inclusion of veterans disability benefits as income in calculating a veteran's child support obligation. Although veterans benefits are exempt from many claims (see 38 USC § 5301), 42 USC § 659(a) specifically provides that this exemption does not apply to child support obligations (see Mansell v. Mansell, 490 U.S. 581, 109 S.Ct. 2023, 104 L.Ed.2d 675; Rose v. Rose, 481 U.S. 619, 636, 107 S.Ct. 2029, 95 L.Ed.2d 599; Matter of Nizolek v. Nizolek, 93 A.D.3d 934, 935–936, 939 N.Y.S.2d 759; McMullan v. McMullan, 197 A.D.2d 678, 678–679, 603 N.Y.S.2d 16). The Family Court Act also specifically provides that veterans benefits are income for child support purposes (see Family Ct Act § 413[b][iii][E] ). Accordingly, the Family Court properly denied the father's objection to the Support Magistrate's inclusion of his veterans disability benefits in the calculation of his child support obligation.
BALKIN, J.P., MILLER, BRATHWAITE NELSON and CHRISTOPHER, JJ., concur.
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